Seagulls Watch

The warmth, and the quiet, a rock in my hand.

If there was another place, I wouldn’t go.

The maiden, the mother, and the crone call to me.

Across the expanse, and the material.

Eleven, Eleven. There are too many signs, so I acquiesce.

The fire burns as I lay sleepless, yet still.

The answers come slowly, so I attend again.

The many aspects fold through the day,

He spreads his salty wings and glides into the future.

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Indie Reviews: Lee Hall

Preamble

Being a writer can be arduous. You have to power through imposter syndrome. Next, you have the fun exercise of convincing your family and friends that you really are a writer. Finally, after all of that, when you’re emotionally and physically exhausted, you need to take on the world.

It is my opinion, that you shouldn’t need to get the word out alone, and authors should support each other. Someone who embodies this wholeheartedly is indie author Lee Hall. If you didn’t know already Lee Hall, who works a day job, while writing awesome books on the side, also manages to read and review fellow indie authors. How he finds all the time for all of this astounds me.

On his website Lee’s Hall of Information, he has a section dedicated to indie reviews which can be found here. So what could be better than to give some of that love back by reviewing both of his books I have read. I also have a third book, so watch this space.

*warning, spoilers lay ahead!*

The Teleporter

We’ve all read the superhero books, and with the war between Marvel and D.C, it’s hard to imagine a place for a new superhero. In the midst of all that Lee Hall manages to slip in Kurt Wiseman. He’s not a regular hero, he’s not even an anti-hero, he’s just a guy.

The Teleporter - Lee Hall
The Teleporter – Lee Hall

He certainly doesn’t scream superhero. He’s a lazy drunk who doesn’t have much going for him. He gets transformed into the Teleporter by falling into a vat of goo at work. This provides him with the handy ability to teleport short distances, once he has been there before.

While he starts out by taunting bouncers who have mistreated a patron, he soon realises that there are more duties involved than simply causing a scene outside of a bar. He finds that his drinking diminishes his power and he nearly gets one of his friends hurt.

We are also offered a strong female character who doesn’t need Wiseman to get her story, she is a journalist extraordinaire. The noir superhero trope is heartily made fun of and we come away feeling refreshed in a world where superheroes are more than often imperious. Wiseman just comes out and says it, sometimes being a superhero sucks.

Here is my review on Amazon:

The Teleporter - Lee Hall
The Teleporter – Lee Hall

Darke Blood

As a fan of vampires and their lore, I always welcome a new story surrounding them. In this intriguing new perspective, you can see Hall’s influences shining through. The classics such as Stoker and the modern such as Whedon (yes you guessed it, BTVS). The story immediately begins with intrigue, and you are hooked by the main character Blake Malone. He is the classic new kind in town, except Malone not only a stranger to everyone in Darke Heath, but to himself as well. He can’t remember anything before he arrived.

Darke Blood - Lee Hall
Darke Blood – Lee Hall

Throughout the book, we are fed a back story from (in my opinion) the true protagonist, Caitlyn. We discover early on that she is a vampire, and although she is happily kicking ‘amp (vampire) ass in Darke Heath, she wasn’t always this pure soul. When we find out how she came to be a vampire along with her sordid past, and we feel very uncomfortable about it.

As the tale unfolds we are introduced to more of the mystery and intrigue. The book is ‘un-put-down-able’ as the reviewers say, and the ending is more than enough to wait for.

Here is my review on Amazon:

Lee Hall - Darke Blood
Lee Hall – Darke Blood

In Conclusion

Could y’all please head over to Lee Hall’s blog and follow him? He’s so close to 200 followers and he really deserves it. He does more for reviewing fellow indie authors than anyone I know. Also he has a new book coming out soon and you won’t want to miss that. He has more than enough books to choose from, and I’m already on my way to reading them all (like Pokémon). All his links are below.

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To quote my favourite musician Zac Brown 'ain't nothin like the real thing' 4 books published before turning 30 is pretty good going, 2 of which came out this year! Now comes the real work, promoting and convincing readers to read them. You've probably noticed I went hard on the promoting side of things recently and that's gonna slow down for a while. It's up to you guys now to spread the word whilst I take on my next project which I'm dramatically staring at in this totally non staged photo. Just what that project is you'll have to wait and see but it's not a book. Let's just say it's more of an adaptation… and remember folks don't ever accept fruit from strangers… #spoliers #cemeteryhouseselfie #bookselfie #bookrelease #paperback #rockandroll #zacbrown #zacbrownband #inspiration #indieauthorsofinstagram #bookinstagram #amwriting #horror #ceneteryhouse #writerslife

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Top 5 album tracks from The Shins “Chutes Too Narrow”

Preamble – “Chutes Too Narrow.”

In the past, I have offered you poetry written by yours truly. Some poems are written out of joy and some out of sorrow. Often I think what would happen if I turned them into songs?

Honestly, I think that’s what happened with The Shin’s album Chutes Too Narrow. So as a change from offering you my own poetry, I thought I would discuss my 5 favourite album tracks from Chutes Too Narrow.

There are 10 tracks overall, all are brilliant. The album is a millennium classic. The sound of my teenage emotions. Some of the tracks resonate with me more than others, so I must be true to them, and how they made me feel.

This is a contender for my favourite Shins album. I love the fast paced guitars, Mercer’s high voiced pleading, and the absurdity of their lyrics.

5. “Kissing The Lipless” – Chutes Too Narrow (2003)

This track kicks off with desperate strumming and a scene with Mercer calling to see if his friend’s sheets are growing grass out of the corner’s of their bed. Talk about jumping right in there and calling your friend out.

When I was younger I thought it was a break-up song, now I think it’s about dealing with your friend after a break-up. There is only so much patience you can have, especially if the person isn’t recognising their own part to play.

“Called to see if your back, is still aligned
And your sheets, are growing grass out of the corners of your bed.
And you’ve got too much to wear on your sleeves,
It’s too much to do with me,
And secretly I want to bury in the yard,
The grey remains of a friendship scarred.”

This song is 1 part bitterness, 2 parts sass, and 9 parts salty. It kicks off an album where we see our narrator, James Mercer, disgruntled and confused about many topics. His way out he just wants to bury the friendship in the yard. Yeesh how much was his friend moaning?

4. “Pink Bullets,” Chutes Too Narrow. (2003)

This is a beautiful poem, to his first love, before he really knew what love was. I’ve included some of my favourite lines from the song below. James sings about a girl who was warm and kind to him when he needed it most.

They became inseparable yet, their parting was swift and painful. He said to finally fly apart they had to cut the kite strings. Not a very sentimental scene of departure.

“We fell in a field now it seems a thousand summers passed.”

My tender young fingers held, a decent animal.

“The years have been short, but the days were long.”

When the kitelines first crossed, we tied them into knots, to finally fly apart, we had to cut them off.

Since then it’s been a book, you read in reverse. So you understand less as the pages turn.

He finds it hard to look back, because life has only got more confusing since then. Sometimes he wishes he could just stay warm in one of those memories. However we all know how life goes, we cannot look back of we ever have any hope of looking forward.

Put the exquisite rose-tinted memory in a song, and learn to live without it’s heat.

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3. “Mine’s Not A High Horse,”  – Chutes Too Narrow. (2003)

This song is brilliant. As soon as you accuse someone of being high and mighty, you end up sounding like you’re on your own high horse. Maybe that’s not necessarily the message Mercer was going for when he was pleading to be left to his own devices.

He’s aware of his affectation styled as a musician. Regardless of what anyone may say, your position in society when you are the artist is one between perdition and exoneration. Some will love you and some despise you, so why not keep your opinions to yourself?

“You were so poorly cast as a malcontent.”

“Will you remember my reply, when your high horse dies?”

“These are the muddy waters I am swimming in 
To make a living were I to drown in them 
It should come as no surprise.”

“Will you remember my reply 
one finger parallel to the sky?”

However, you cannot deny Mercer’s own sweet hypocrisy when he asks: “Will you remember my reply when your high horse dies?

2.”Saint Simon,”  – Chutes Too Narrow. (2003)

What a wonderfully silly way of looking at the world. The absurdity of collective consciousness, throughout the annals of humanity. Our reliance on words and laws created not only by those we’ve never met but some dead millennia past.

I still can’t get over the lyrics in this song as Mercer mocks both the insanity of the written word in its complexity yet never really revealing anything.

“After all these implements and text designed by intellects
So vexed to find evidently there’s still so much that hides.”

It’s wonderful when he comes to the conclusion that it is in Mercy we find safety, whether that be from faith or the love of another, and that Nothing, in all of its infinite wisdom, is warm. Could ignorance truly be bliss or has meditation slowing wormed it[‘s way into Mercer\’s world view?

“Mercy’s eyes are blue
When she places them in front of you
Nothing holds a roman candle to
The solemn warmth you feel inside.”

Either way this song makes me smile as the anthropologist in me remembers that money only works because we believe it does, there is nothing to say we are the only intelligent beings on Earth, and I’ll allow myself no mock defense, I’ll step into the night.

1. “Young Pilgrims,” – Chutes Too Narrow. (2003)

When I have moments of pure despair, my mind begs the universe to erase me from it. This may seem like a frenzied demand of a troubled soul, but it was better than the alternative. (By alternative I don’t mean life, but death at my own hands).

My depression has always provided me with an absolute truth pill of another person’s experience. When Mercer sang that he wanted to “fly the whole mess into the sea.” I didn’t just understand, my empathic nature felt his despair.

“A cold and wet November dawn,
and there are no barking sparrows,
just emptiness to dwell upon.”

“But I learned fast how to keep my head up ’cause I 
Know I got this side of me that 
Wants to grab the yoke from the pilot and just
Fly the whole mess into the sea.”

Once I heard this song, for the first time, I listened to it on repeat. It’s not a single, but it’s my favourite track on the album.

Trust me, if you’ve never listened to The Shins, give this album a spin.

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Resources:

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Moon Interviews: Tadhg Leady – Guitarist

Preamble

Good day to you Moonlings on this fine Friday. We have a brand new interview with a friend of mine, the wonderful Tadhg Leahy. He is a guitarist extraordinaire, and if you are looking for someone who really creates art through his guitar he’s your man.

Introducing Tadhg Leahy

While I have been friends with Tadhg for quite a few years, recently Le’Boo discovered how much of a badass he truly is on his Instagram page which can be found here. The guy not only has the talent, but he also shows how important it is to really care about your craft.

He’s been playing music since birth, (don’t believe me? Listen to the interview), and it’s his full-time gig. He has his fingers in many pies and doesn’t stop simply at the guitar. He has played many instruments over the years including his voice.

He is currently in a cover band called F.M which state their influences as Steely Dan, The Eagles, The Band, and Vulpeck. I can only imagine just how epic their setlist is, and lucky me they are playing in my town on Saturday night!!!

Moon Interviews

He is also finishing off original music in the studio which he hopes to have out this year, and man it sounds so exciting. He makes it a habit of surrounding himself with some extremely talented local musicians and he invited them to play on his originals with him.

He also plays with a band called Function Creep which creates original music while also playing members own originals. They are inspired by such artists as Mark Guiliana, Boards of Canada, We Eat Electric Light, The Comet is Coming, and Sons of Kemet.

Moon Interviews
Tadhg Leahy

The Wonderful Interview

We began a coffee-fueled interview with the question, “what was our earliest musical memory or inspiration,” and man his answer was killer. We meandered through memories and music from mutual school experiences to unique inspirations.

The interview gets into his own original music, why he struggled for years to record it and trust not just himself but others with it, but also how music strikes nerves inside him that other mediums do not. He talks about essays he has written about music and ideas for essays to come. Perhaps someday we’ll be treated to those, but until then you’ll just have to make do with his ideas in this interview.

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Guitar Face

He discusses all the brilliantly talented musicians he’s collaborated with and how music is an equaliser. Regardless of age, if your determination and talent shine through, your age will fall away with each note you play.

We ended the stirring interview with a look back on the past, regarding his own presence of mind before he really decided on music. It seemed when he did, he took the approach we should all admire. He never stops learning, never stops challenging himself, and never stops seeking out those who will remind him you won’t always be the best musician in every room, but you can shoot for it.

A big thank you once again to Tadhg for taking the time out of your busy day to talk to me for an hour. I call these interviews, but they are really more like structured conversations. Listen to the interview below!

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Liebster Award & Happy Birthday Thinking Moon!

Preamble

We cannot begin one of these posts without serious gratitude towards the person who nominated me. Thank you Dear-Internet-Kats for thinking of me.

Please visit their page and follow them. There is so much offered over there you will not regret it! They offer advice on how to handle negative thoughts. They write poetry, and they are just an all-around lovely blogger.

Happy Birthday, Thinking Moon!

It’s my blog’s birthday. Sort of. Let me explain, I started this blog in 2016 with my first ever blog post on February 25th. I was ranting about sexism in an advertisement that made me pretty mad.

During that year I posted sporadically, but I didn’t really start my weekly journey until the 15th of February where I posted a story called Shadow Self . I had entered it into a competition, and it didn’t win. Rude.

That was the year I took blogging seriously and I finally connected with so many wonderful people here on WordPress and beyond! If you want to know why I got into blogging I have written about that before in a previous award which you can read here.

So without further ado, I would like to get into the Liebster award, and once again thank you so much Dear Internet Kats!

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an award by bloggers given to fellow bloggers. This started around 2011. The idea for it comes from the German word Liebster, which can be translated as:

Sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

Here are the rules of the award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  2. Answer the 5 creative and unique questions given to you.
  3. Write a small post about what motivates you in life (not just in blogging)
  4. Nominate 2 – 6 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award
  5. Create 5 creative and unique questions for your nominees
  6. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply link to this post.)
  7. Once you have written and published it, you then have to: Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post.

The Award

1. Let’s say something happens with the economy and you only get to choose 3 different dinners (maybe for each season, or a change between the 6 months) to eat for the next 5 years, what would you choose based on what’s available locally?

I would pick potatoes because I’m a predictable Irish person, with real butter (There is nothing like real Irish butter). Potatoes are so flexible I could make many things with them. I would want it with kale, onions, and probably some local meat. Also because I’m veggie during the week so I would need baked beans as well as eggs for the protein.

Liebster Award
Potatoes

Is that ok? I feel like that covers all bases.

2. What song describes your mood today?

If you have known me for a long time, I’ve always loved Miley Cyrus. Yes I know she went a bit mental for a while, but if I grew up in the spotlight I’d probably have pulled a 2007 Britney.

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2007 Britney

Sorry I can never just be succinct (that’s Le’Boo’s thing) but basically: Miley Cyrus – “The Climb”.

3. What is your favorite reading genre, this year so far?

For sure it’s indie horror/thriller books. Can I mention my current read here? Ima do it anyway!

“Darke Blood” – Lee Hall, is my current read. Look out for my review soon! (Also go check out his blog, he’s a fellow WordPresser!)

Darke Blood - Lee Hall
Darke Blood – Lee Hall

I’ve always been a huge horror fan, Stephen King and Shirley Jackson are probably my all time favorites but I made a goal to read more indie authors this year.

4. What do you consider to be the most fun way to get exercise?

I always need to trick myself into exercising so the best ways for me are the most obvious. It’s either dancing or walking. Or just random stuff as such:

5. Do you have (or what seems like it could work) some advice on how to stay focused or non-reactive in a scary/emotionally rattling situation?

I feel like I can talk about this with some authority because I’ve lived with anxiety and depression since I was around 13. The most important lesson I’ve learned is that you are only in charge of your mind. If someone says something to you that is mean or horrible remember, that is not a reflection on you, it’s a reflection on them.

This sounds generic but honestly, for most of my life, my extended family (not parents, siblings) have always thought I was odd/weird. I don’t care about getting married, I don’t want children, and honestly, I act really strange. Now I could take that in two ways. I could feel bad because people think I’m not normal.

Or I could realise we all create our own realities. If you are happy with your life, and not hurting anyone, your life is valid, you are vaild. If you like how you dress, what you do for fun, and the people you surround yourself with then you do you boo.

My Nominees & My Questions

Nominees

Lee Hall’s – Hall of Information. This guy is so supportive of fellow indie authors and an all round sweet guy.

The Vintage Toy Advertiser. This blog brings me joy because it’s so nostalgic.

Sunilmdabral. This human is so supportive of everything I do, and I want to pay it back in kind.

Sheree. Always is the first to like my posts.

Michael Jordahl. Another supportive blogger.

If you have been nominated and don’t feel like doing the award that’s fine there is no pressure. I also have forgotten 100’s of supportive followers and I’m sorry I promise to get you next time!

My Questions

  1. Who was the last indie author/musician/podcast/lemonade stand you supported and why? If not who do you think you will bring your support to this year?
  2. I’m obsessed with tattoos and I know not everyone is, but if you were to get one what would it be. Or if you have one already what is it and why?
  3. What was your favourite childhood television show?
  4. What scares you the most, that most people consider to be irrational?
  5. What is your favourite place to bring an out-of-town guest?

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Message #12: 400 Followers & The Truth

Preamble

My dearest Moonlings, there are now 400 of you here on my blog. I wish to extend my pure gratitude to you for reading my ramblings, my crazy thoughts, and my sincere outlook on the world. You are so supportive and I know I have said it more than once, but I am genuinely grateful for you all. As you can see in my face I have a very cheeky but happy smile about the whole business.

What’s New?

I want to finally admit the truth to you all *not clickbait* about what I am doing behind the scenes. It has been my fondest wish since I was a child to be a published novelist, and it’s about time I told you, that I’m writing a book.

We are at the early stages still but it looks like it will finally happen. I’ve had a beta reader (my sister-in-law) have a look over the first section of the book and she provided really positive feedback. I trust her judgment, she wouldn’t tell me she liked it if she didn’t.

Although I am doing my P.h.D at the moment I am secretly writing this book by night, as though I am the BATMAN of novelists. Someday I hope to make writing my primary gig, however until then, I will continue to teach and learn.

If any of you would be interested in reading a book written by yours truly, please let me know. I am very nervous about it, as I have never put something like it out into the universe before. The story has been bubbling in me for over a year and it needs to bound in a book.

Special Post

If you would like to be featured on my 500th follower’s post then here’s what I am offering you. I will write a summary of your blog, include your link, and an inspirational quote or picture you may want to offer. I want to make it all about you guys and spread the love across the platform and beyond.

Contact me any way you like, my official business email is thinkingmoonblog@gmail.com however you can message me directly on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, here, whatever floats your boat.

Once again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for your love and advocacy for my art. It truly brings me such joy to read your comments and explore your own blogs.

Peace and Love,

Jaycee xxx

Where to find me

Twitter: @JayC_Lynch

Instagram: @thinking_moon_blog

Facebook: @Thinking.Moon

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Adventures: Amsterdam

Preamble

My dear Moonlings myself and Le’Boo went on a trip to Amsterdam in January. It was truly magical despite the bitter cold. I made a YouTube video of the trip which I have linked below. However, I will bring you through some of the other stuff we did too which I didn’t have footage of.

The reason we went was to surprise a friend for her birthday so that was thrilling. We also got to go to Amsterdam and it was the first time for both of us although.

Thursday

So we left Ireland early enough and went on planes, trains, and automobiles which you can see here. Of course, Le’Boo is excellent at posing for photos.

We came across gems like this throughout the city. It’s a water fountain that changes colour when you put your bottle underneath it. Also, the city was covered in bicycles. Everyone seemed to cycle, from the very young to the very old.

Amsterdam Adventure
Amsterdam Adventure

We also snuck along to the red light district to see what was happening there and it was… interesting. We saw a guy getting directions from a scantily clad lady, and it was the funniest thing.

“Yes, you go down the road, turn left, then left again.”

He wasn’t concentrating very well on her directions.

Friday

My dreams came true on Friday. We were able to get tickets to the Van Gogh museum. We weren’t allowed to take photos inside, but I didn’t care. I got to see his paintings in person, the letters to his brother Theo, and even modern art inspired by his body of work.

This is my favourite Van Gogh and I got to see it in person. I stared at it for ages, (Le’Boo is very patient). It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend the museum it to everyone.

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We went on a canal boat ride too and that was really cool, which is documented better in the video. It was really cool it brought you on a circuit of the city, which meant we got to go out through the port.

Amsterdam Adventure
Amsterdam Adventure

Saturday

We got up a little later and headed straight for a pancake house Le’Boo had espied with his little eyes. It was built around an old carousel. Isn’t this enthralling!?

Then we wandered around, had a drink in a Lagunitas bar. The bartender was so nice, I wanted to buy one of their Lagunitas glasses and he just gave it to me. We ended walking along the canals before catching our bus to the airport.

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So if you have any further interest in this please feel free to check out my video below, and maybe give it a like. Subscribe if you are interested, perhaps leave a comment. Anyways until my next adventure or a previous which can be found here! Or perhaps I will upload retroactively. Would you be interested in previous Jaycee adventures from the archives? My hair will be very different. If so leave me a comment. Ok. Thank you Moonlings, bye!!!

https://thinkingmoon.com/2018/10/05/denmark-an-adventure/

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My Baby Green Squish♡

Yes Moonlings, you read that right. The title of this blog is “My Baby Green Squish.”

I have not in fact, lost my mind. I have found it. It is my sentiment that we should follow where our passions lead us. That which fills our hearts with joy, and there is no bigger joy for me, than my baby green squish.

Ok so some context before I lose myself in the charm of him. There is this animated show created by YouTuber Olan Rogers called “Final Space.” It is a very excellent show frens. It is quirky, funny, and emotional. It is superbly produced and the performances are amusing.

Now here is a photo of the show.

Mooncake - Final Space
Mooncake – Final Space

Now. Let us zoom in closer:

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Do you see that sweet little green squish? Yes, I have one of those. Now we all have passions and hobbies. This blog is so joyful for me, and it is a wonderful website filled with phenomenal people. However sometimes your heart asks you to create something unorthodox and that becomes art.

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He has made me so happy, like look how sweet his little face is. So without further ado, I am indulging my glee. I felt that the internet needed a YouTube channel to document the loveliness of the baby green squish.

Please have a look at the 30-second trailer for the channel. If you are interested in the adventures of a baby green squish, please head over. Have a look. Maybe subscribe. This is literally a fun little project for me because I needed to blow off some steam.

https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17989896685030412/

Or go check out some other fun stuff.

https://thinkingmoon.com/category/tuesday-fun/

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